Our beautiful gardens (a break from food farming)


The is the one I mean;


Oenothera or something like that. )

Thanks shrinkrap! They are Cymbidium, I like the colours. Mine usually flourishes from winter till late spring each year. I should repot them now and eliminate some old bulbs, the plant is now becoming too big to handle.

A lot of catching up work in gardening, I wish I had that 8 hours a day like ccj.

yes, they are the same
Oenothera is known b8y a lot of common names, mexican primrose being one of them
It is beautiful massed but it pops up everywhere including in my beds where i have formal plants and shrubs. The other reason is I love my minor bulbs and they tend not to be covered . I also love all the stones that my husband had placed strategically here and there.I find that they8a re also covered.

Ah, but I am not retired and there is just too much to do without help
Unfortunately, the garden was planned without thinking that one of these days, when retired, and have limited income, one cannot afford a full time gardener .
So, I am trying my best

A lot of work, but you have passion.

The other day on tv, they were talking about a lady 80 years old still caring for her garden. She woke up 3 times a night to water the roses when it was too hot. Although I am sure she doesn’t work alone in her garden, since you can buy ticket to visit the place. Maybe you have heard about her Odile Masquelier - Jardin de la bonne maison. She has all the varieties of old roses.


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Not in my backyard but wish it were!


LOL, one year I have planted a lot of tulips and armenicacums bulbs in autumn. I was dreaming of a fantastic garden the following May. Problem: they never flourished at the same time, even between the tulips.

Yes, sadly I think that is photoshopped - it is gorgeous, though! I planted lots of tulips (different varieties with various bloom times) and muscari this fall so I’m hoping I will get at least SOME overlap. If not, at least I’ll have an extended bloom season!

Yes it is obviously photoshopped.
I think you can do it and moved the potted plants together to create this effect… like some fashion shows or special events with landscape designer / gardeners…well, sure this will cost a fortune!

The landscaping in some of the pricier areas of Manhattan (e.g., the median strip down Park Avenue) is done in this way, with potted plants that are replaced as they die. Not that they ever achieve results that look as good as this.

love the spectacular sea of blue
Here is my cobblestone driveway converted to a strawberry field as the cherry blossoms are spent. 10606240_10153296387610737_5573254256486180947_n


Very beautiful.

Do you have many edible cherries?

We had a dwarf edible cherry tree in my husband’s family garden but the birds eat up all the cherries unless we cover it with a net.
So, we decided to just have these Kwanzan cherry. trees, similar to the new in the there garden .

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Here is a sea of pink in the whirlwind plaza


Ahhh! I’m having flashbacks of that pink flower! What is it? Starts with Oenth?


Oenothera Berlandieri?

Mexican evening primrose?

Yes, botanical, it is Oenethera specious also called evening primrose, Mexican primrose etc. However they are quite invasive as you can see, so I have been trying to eradicate them bec often, I cannot see my other bulbs blooming.

Here is another area that is too steep for me to garden, not allowed by law to do anything else bec it is at the critical area , so here I have all these wild orange lilies ( hemerocallis fulva ) that has overtaken these area to the extent that all the other beautiful tetraploid lilies planted in these hill are no longer visible. I had wandered if I could fry the buds like squash blossoms? FullSizeRender

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That is the subject of my flashbacks! I ended up moving and will never plant them again. You live in an amazing setting!

Believe me, my first 2 orchids ended up in paradise pretty quickly, one was a really fabulous one… I stopped thinking about that for several years, until I was offered a white phalaenopsis, I started to read a lot online and it kept flourishing every year gave me some confidence to try other species. The tips, water once a week and the keep the roots out of water the rest of the time to keep them from rotting. Find a bright place next to window. And some fertilisers from time to time. That’s it, now I have 20+ orchids. In late spring, I just toss them in the shady patio for several months, they are happy and keep flowering.


once upon a long long time ago, I had orchids in m. DR-/greenhouse. I must have at least 20 pots but long story. In short, I have well water and it clogs the pores , so I was advised that when I water them once a week, I had try and flush out the minerals , let the orchid stand on the sink , water it for a few minutes ( 20 orchids takes a while), to flush the minerals out. So, I decided that I could not do it anymore . Rain water is best but my well water is very hard. If you have to be away for more than a week, you can use an ice cube for each plant which will provide hydration slowly.

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